Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 65 miles, approximately 1.5 hours riding time. Getting on/off train; riding about 60 miles, approximately 2.5 hours riding time. Walking about 1.5 to 2 miles during group activities; mostly paved, some uneven surfaces. Elevation approximately 7,000 feet. Extent of walking and other activities during independent time according to personal choice.
Hotel Continental Breakfast with Coffee and Tea
We will check out of the hotel early, load our luggage onto the motorcoach, and ride from Sedona to Williams and the Grand Canyon Railway depot. Upon arrival, we’ll watch the Wild West Show, then board the Grand Canyon Railway train for a scenic and entertaining ride across the Coconino Plateau to the Grand Canyon. Our Group Leader and the rail car attendant will provide commentary. The Grand Canyon Railway first arrived at the Grand Canyon in 1901. It heralded a new age of travel, development, and some might say luxury at the canyon. We’ll experience and relish this “classic” way of travel to the “doorsteps” of the historic El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon Village, and the very rim of the canyon. Aboard the train, strolling musicians will provide entertainment during our ride.
Aboard the train en route to the Grand Canyon, we’ll have sack lunches including a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie.
After arrival at Grand Canyon Village and the South Rim, we’ll gather for our first views of the canyon. Our Group Leader will point out the canyon's many features with historic and natural significance. We’ll also explore historical Grand Canyon Village— sometimes called "downtown Grand Canyon" — the site of much of the human development on the canyon's South Rim. Highlights of the village include the Kolb Studio where the Kolb brothers took photos of mule riders into the canyon, the buildings of Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey, and architect and designer Mary Jane Colter’s work including the Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, and the Hopi House.
Plated dinner at the lodge.
At leisure. Those who wish to participate may transfer to a park location for an engaging elective presentation led by National Park Service Rangers. These will cover a Grand Canyon topic of interest and change nightly. NOTE: This activity is dependent on national park scheduling and current Covid restrictions.